Fiorentina allowed their goalkeeper Bartłomiej Drągowski to join Empoli on a short-term loan deal in the winter market.

Since the transfer in January, the Poland U21 international has started in 12 matches for Empoli, keeping three clean sheets and conceding 18 goals in the process.

On May 6th, Tutto Mercato Web reported that West Ham United sent scouts to watch the stopper in action against Fiorentina, where the 21-year-old kept a clean sheet and his side clinched three points.

It was also explained the Hammers are looking to bring in a ‘young and trustworthy’ keeper and the Fiorentina owned custodian is attracting interest from Manuel Pellegrini’s side and clubs from Germany and Spain.

Drągowski gave an interview to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport and during the course of the interview, the shot stopper was asked about West Ham’s visit to watch him in action earlier this month.

He said, “Sorry, now I think only of Empoli. What happens next, I don’t care. And, I must confess, I can’t even think of the next U21 Europeans. An important event.” 

Gazzetta explains Empoli president Fabrizio Corsi has an option to make Drągowski’s loan move permanent and if they don’t take up that option, he will then return to Fiorentina.

The Italian newspaper once again stressed that West Ham are ‘on the horizon’.